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  • How to manage a project underspend

    A few Fair Share Trust (FST) areas have experienced leftover funding from their grants in recent months. Though an underspend is not anticipated as an ideal outcome, it is not always a negative thing and if the issue is dealt with appropriately the funds can be used to further benefit the area. Wales Community Foundation, Local Agent for Fair Share Trust, experienced underspend in the Wrexham area, read on about their strategy to re-allocate the funds. Helen Fagan from the Community Foundation Wales shares her experiences below.

  • The law around funding and income

    Legal obligations of organisations who accept funding.

  • How to identify, assess and manage the risks associated with trading

    All trading activities involve some level of risk, so risk management is a vital part of knowing how to trade. There are three steps to risk management:

  • How to prepare for income generation

    This guide is written for community centres but will be useful to any small charity looking to generate income. Community centres are under pressure. To survive and grow, many are looking to reinvent themselves. They are working to attract new audiences and find regular and reliable sources of income rather than concentrating on fundraising. Before you start looking at opportunities to generate income, it is important to create the right culture. The following four steps will guide you on the right path.

  • Fundraising, finances and the future: four-in-one training pack

    Look after your organisation's fundraising, finances and future with this four-in-one training pack. Whether you're part of a small to medium-sized organisation or an individual looking to improve on your knowledge of charity sector funding and finance management - this course is for you. With more than two hours of content included, each of the four courses is broken down into easily digestible sections so you can study at your own pace - anywhere, anytime.

  • Investment types

    Guide to the different types of social investment and who provides them.

  • How to prepare for corporate sponsorship

    Understanding your corporate prospect and their objectives early on is a key factor in taking the relationship to the next level and leading to a successful partnership.

  • Introduction to sustainable funding

    This three part course will introduce you to the concept of sustainable funding and demonstrate how it can work for your organisation. You will learn about the main sources of income and their characteristics, and improve your knowledge of trends in the voluntary sector economy - and what that means for your organisation. You will also gain the skills to implement a more sustainable approach to funding in your work.

  • How to get started with commercial trading

    In light of various funding challenges many charities are considering different ways of generating extra income to support their valuable services. For many this could be looking at some form of commercial trading; from charity shops to signposting to manufacturing. This how to guide takes you through some key steps to explore this further.

  • How to make a start evaluating your funding mix

    Getting started with anything is tricky – the classic intimidating piece of white paper. However, getting started with evaluating an organisation’s funding, when it may be an extremely complex picture, interwoven with history and delicate relationships can be particularly daunting. This guide advises on how you can go about evaluating your organisation's funding mix.

  • How to support the sustainability of funded projects

    For Fair Share Trust, ensuring funded projects create a positive lasting impact has to be foremost in the minds of Local Agents. For local projects which have benefited from Fair Share Trust funding, it can often be a case of trying to survive. But is continuation funding always really essential and is it possible to achieve sustainability simply by creating the impact? This how-to looks the different componets of achieving sustanability and creating a lasting impact on your area.

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